Brandman University’s academic advisors – the people who help students with the education plans, prod them to stay on track and often offer emotional support along the way – spent June 6-8 learning how to build resilience in their students and themselves when facing educational challenges. They also reviewed changes to various academic programs so they can provide the students they advise with the most up-to-date information as they prepare for classes in the 2017-18 academic year. The academic year begins officially on Aug. 28 with the Fall 1 session.
Using a surfing theme, the group learned to “navigate the waters,” “seas the day” and “understand the changing tides” with information sessions with the deans of each school. As is his tradition, Glenn Worthington, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies, joined in the fun by wearing board shorts and a “surfer” wig while getting the advisors to write and read poetry while still focusing on the serious task of helping them understand new programs and requirements, particularly for military and veteran students.